Biography

Emma Hansen is an antipodean soprano. She was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia with her family when she was eleven –where her love for music blossomed. After many performances with the Australian Girls Choir, including World cup Rugby events, Bledislow cup pre game shows and, The Boy from Oz: The Arena Musical with Hugh Jackman (2006, Peter Allen) she began studying voice with Elizabeth Willis and sang representing Australia as a member of the G’day USA tourism campaign to Los Angeles and New York. In 2006 Emma joined a European music tour of France, Italy, Austria, Germany and Hungary as the winner of the girls vocal excellence award at St Andrews Cathedral School.

In 2009 Emma completed a Music Theatre studio course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia (NIDA) and achieved level one and level two training of the Estill voice systems. Studying classical voice with Dallas Watts, Emma graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Music- Distinction in Performance and was invited back tot the University to write an honours thesis investigating the ‘diva’s’ etymology.

Between 2011 and 2014, Emma developed her operatic stagecraft skills through participation in Opera Workshops with Ghillian Sullivan, where she performed in several staged opera scenes. Her key roles included The First Lady from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Casilda from Gilbert and Sullivian’s The Gondoliers. Emma continued to develop her practical skills as she was cast in the 2012 Savoy arts production as Mabel from Gilbert and Sullivian’s Pirates of Penzance, performed as a chorus member in Packemin Productions Hairspray (2013) and The Wizard of Oz (2013) and became a touring member of the New South Wales State Opera Company’s The Ten Sopranos.

In 2014 Emma was privileged to receive a scholarship into the Pacific Opera Young Artists program where she received expert instruction by renowned international vocal instructors and coaches including; Sharolyn Kimmorley, Bradley Gilchrist, Chuck Hudson, Ameilia Faruggia, Ghillian Sullivan, Christine Douglas, Gale Edwards, Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman Wright, and Simon Kenway. During her time with the Pacific Opera Young Artist Program she was cast in their annual opera as Casilda in an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivian’s The Gondoliers written by George Palmer.

Having received a scholarship to study overseas, Emma moved to the United Kingdom where she is currently studying for her Masters of Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). Emma studies voice under the tutelage of Gail Person. Since beginning her Masters program at RWCMD, she has benefitted from exceptional opportunities for collaboration with other performance students. Highlights include performing in Britten’s War requiem conducted by Carlo Rizzi to mark the hundredth anniversary of World War One.

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